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2023 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions 16U Standouts

18, May 2023

2023 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions 16U Standouts

SUWANEE, GA — We’re going to be spending more time than ever breaking down the 16U division. Bob Gibbons warrants it. The field was brimming with high-level prospects. Here were some of the standouts we saw.  

 

Jordan Watford

Lancaster, SC

Class
2025
|
Position
SG
|
Height
6' 4"
|
School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

 

I thought Garrett Tucker said it best. Watford checks all of the physical boxes of size and athleticism. He’s a skilled wing who can score, slash, plays well in transition and above the rim and stays aggressive. He could be a player who lives on the free throw line in college because of his aggressive athletic ability. Watford has a chance to develop into a highly coveted player from South Carolina’s strong 2025 class. - Justin Young 

 

Caleb Jones

Savannah, GA

Class
2025
|
Position
CG
|
Height
6' 3"
|
School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

 

Coming off of a breakout high school season, Atlanta Celtics guard Caleb Jones is continuing his rise with a solid spring. At the Bob Gibbons TOC, Jones was a consistent source of offense for a Celtics team that was among the best in the 16U field. Jones adds another perimeter scorer to a team that has plenty of good ones. He averaged double figures during their run over the weekend and scored in a variety of ways. He’s a 2025 out of the Savannah area to keep tabs on. He’s been making plenty of noise for the last several months. - Josh Tec 

 

Jaydon Cole

Alpharetta, GA

Class
2025
|
Position
CG
|
Height
6' 2"
|
School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
41
State Pos. Rank
6

 

Jaydon Cole has had a heck of a 2023 so far. He added a state championship to his resume with King’s Ridge, and he’s been playing tremendously for Team Huncho this spring. When looking back on the weekend, one of the moments that sticks out in my mind was Cole’s scoring outburst that turned a close game into a blowout in the blink of an eye. His hallmark is his ability to pour it on from beyond the arc, but Cole is much more than a shooter. He’s got a great feel for the game and plays both guard spots well.  - Josh Tec

 

Jaylen Richardson

Loganville, GA

Class
2025
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6'
|
School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
52
State Pos. Rank
15

 

When I had seen Richardson in the past, he impressed as a driver, as a passer, as an all-around PG, but when I got to see him on Saturday at Gibbons, he was lights out from three. He knocked down eight from deep. Richardson is a guard that I’m buying stock in. I can see a breakout coming his way at some point because he’s done nothing but impress when I’ve been able to see him. Add an impressive Bob Gibbons to his developing resume.  - Josh Tec

 

Rodney McNeal

Somerville, TN

Class
2025
|
Position
CG
|
Height
6' 2"
|
School Team
National
WL
National Pos. Rank
WL
State
WL
State Pos. Rank
WL

 

He is built like an undersized four but he had ball handling responsibilities for this squad. He does some things offensively very well, he makes very tough finishes and uses his body to make space and get layups, tough layups. His outside shot is adequate and when he uses his time efficiently he has success, he tends to force the issue at times and that doesn’t bode well for success. He dribbles to excess and will need to get others more involved if he is to play with a ball dominant nature. - Andre Whitehead

 

Devin Hutcherson

Atlanta, GA

Class
2026
|
Position
SG
|
Height
6' 4"
|
National
WL
National Pos. Rank
WL
State
4
State Pos. Rank
2

 

I don’t have a deep list of candidates yet, but Devin Hutcherson has easily become one of my favorite prospects in Georgia’s 2026 class. He’s so productive in all aspects of the game. He’s a versatile player. His positional rebounding and ability to defend multiple positions are what I like most at this stage. He’s also a multi-faceted scorer who can fill it up from all over the floor. This Game Elite team has so much talent on it, and Hutcherson is one of the best, most consistent players of the bunch.  - Josh Tec

 

Zachary Bleshoy

Marietta, GA

Class
2025
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6' 2"
|
School Team
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
29
State Pos. Rank
6

 

Bleshoy is a must-know guard in Georgia’s 2025 class. For coaches at the next level, write his name down early. He has plus positional size at the PG spot and a feel for the game that makes everyone around him better. He’s an exceptional passer, and he can score from all over. He’s stronger and more athletic than he may appear at first glance. Above all else, it’s his IQ that I appreciate the most.  - Josh Tec
 

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Josh Tec
Editor-in-Chief

Josh Tec is a Georgia State graduate with a degree in journalism. Tec aspires to work in basketball media as his career continues. At Georgia State, he graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors and was recognized as a leader in the classroom. Outside of basketball, Tec loves movies and perpetually seeks out his next favorite film.